My shoulders are sore and my eyeballs are crossing
Words dance on the page, with their letters embossing
Themselves on my vision; they’re making no sense now,
I can’t see the point of the past perfect tense now.
Apostrophes, colons and odd prepositions
All vie for attention and seek new positions
I’ve wrestled with adverbs and fought with conjunctions
While adjectives seek to determine their functions.
I’m reading back over the bits I just read,
I just want to finish this edit instead.
There’s no chance, I tell you;
My brain has gone dead.
I’ve had it tonight
And I’m going to bed.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at scvincent.com and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email: findme@scvincent.com.
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16 Responses to Editing…

  1. That sounds horribly familiar. The Chicago Manual of Style is following me around. Going to bed is the only sane solution. 🙂


  2. Cindy Naidoo says:



  3. Oy! Do I EVER know the feeling!!!


  4. jenanita01 says:

    This what the last few months have been like for me, until I said ‘enough is enough’ and sent it off!
    Now, I just have the doubts, did I do enough etc… don’t know what’s worse…


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Hi Jaye… It doesn’t seem to matter how carefully you edit, there is always something that slips through it seems, and you usually spot it within five minutes of seeing the first full print copy…


  5. Love it– you’re a wonderful poet!


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